Dyson Foundation names new program officer

By Westfair Online

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Jennifer Killian of the city of Poughkeepsie has been hired to serve as a program officer for the Millbrook-based Dyson Foundation. As program officer she will be responsible for many aspects of the foundation’s grant-making program in the Mid-Hudson Valley and, specifically, the management assistance program.

Killian, who will begin her duties with the Dyson Foundation on Dec. 1, has worked extensively in the field of philanthropy in the Hudson Valley. She serves as vice president, programs at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, where she has been responsible for monitoring and assessing programs, grants and scholarship funds, as well as the development of new initiatives.

Jennifer Killian
Jennifer Killian

“Jennifer brings considerable experience and knowledge of the nonprofit community to this position,” said Andrea Reynolds, Dyson Foundation president and CEO.  “She has served as a technical assistance provider and a grant maker. As such, she is uniquely qualified for this role. She will be a welcome addition to the Dyson Foundation team.”

Prior to her role with the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Killian served as the Hudson Valley Regional manager for the New York Council of Nonprofits, responsible for providing a wide array of training and technical-assistance services to nonprofit organizations throughout the Hudson Valley and New York state.

The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed, grant-making foundation. Established in 1957, it is led by Robert R. Dyson, who has served as its chairman since 2000. Since its founding the foundation has awarded nearly $316 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the mid-Hudson Valley and elsewhere in the United States.

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